Book Review: Poison

29 Apr


Five years ago, Keelyn Blake’s armed, mentally ill stepfather took her family hostage in their house in rural Colorado. She and her half-sister Raven made it out alive, but others did not. Authorities blamed the father’s frequent hallucinations about a being named Lucent, but in the end, even the best of the FBI’s hostage negotiators failed to overcome the man’s delusions and end the standoff peacefully.

SWAT team member Lee Watson was there that day. He watched it all unfold and was able to pull Keelyn and Raven from the grip of their demon-possessed father. Though partially successful, his team had still failed, and the outcome of that day—and that tortured family—has continued to plague Lee ever since. Though unusual for SWAT to reconnect with survivors, Lee bumped into Keelyn two years after the crisis, and they both found some peace in their budding relationship. But peace is hard to maintain when the memory returns . . . in the flesh.

Lucent is back, and he’s no hallucination. In fact, he is a very real person with dangerous motives. He has kidnapped Raven’s daughter, and–Keelyn worries–maybe has hurt Raven as well. Though she is estranged from her sister, Keelyn feels the immediate need to find Raven and save what family she has left. But when others who were involved in that fateful day start dying, some by mysterious circumstances, Keelyn wonders if she and Lee can emerge unscathed a second time.



Jordyn-382a-199x300Jordyn Redwood has served patients and their families for nearly 20 years and currently works as a pediatric ER nurse. As a self professed medical nerd and trauma junkie, she was drawn to the controlled chaotic environments of critical care and emergency nursing. Her love of teaching developed early and she was among the youngest CPR instructors for the American Red Cross at the age of seventeen. Since then, she has continued to teach advanced resuscitation classes to participants ranging from first responders to MD’s.

When she discovered she also had a fondness for answering medical questions for authors, this led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge. This blog is devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction.

Jordyn lives in Colorado with her husband, two daughters and one crazy hound dog. In her spare time she also enjoys reading her favorite authors, quilting and cross stitching.

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My Impressions:

Whew! What a wild ride! Poison by Jordyn Redwood, the second book in her Bloodlines series, defines fast-paced. If you like suspense fiction, you need to read this book.

Poison opens several years after the action of book 1, Proof. Although a sequel, I never felt lost. Instead it just inspires me to go back and read the first novel. Keelyn Blake survived a hostage situation in which her stepfather killed her mother and two siblings. She has been successful in getting her life back on track, yet still feels remorse for not doing more for her surviving siblings. Lee Watson was an FBI agent involved in the case and is now Keelyn’s fiance. Both have chosen not to discuss their pasts, hoping to keep that pain buried. But a new crisis erupts causing the necessity of exposure of both their pasts. Keelyn’s sister Raven is missing, her psychiatrist is dead and Keelyn is left with Raven’s two year old daughter. And there is more to come as members of law enforcement involved in the fateful hostage standoff are mysteriously dying or getting sick.

Poison was a book I just could not put down. The twists and turns kept me guessing. And there is a creep factor that was a bit unnerving. This novel is a wonderful mix of psychological thriller, medical mystery and police suspense — a book  for serious suspense lovers — those of us who like a good puzzle, a rush of action and realistic characters you come to love. Evil and madness combatted by the hope of God come together to form a great read!


(Thanks to Kregel for a copy of Poison. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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